An airplane cannot take off because its load is too heavy. This sometimes happens due to excess baggage, for example. Something very different happened at Japan Airlines last week. It wasn’t the heavy suitcases or suitcases that were to blame, it was the passengers. “This is a very unusual situation.”
What happened? A Japan Airlines plane was unable to take off because it exceeded its weight limit. This was because some of the country’s heaviest men were on the passenger list, the Guardian reported: some 27 sumo wrestlers each weighing at least 120 kilograms. They all weighed much more than the average Japanese weight of 70 kilograms.
Additional equipment has been deployed
Japanese sumo wrestlers had to fly from Haneda Airport in Tokyo and Itami Airport in Osaka to Amami Oshima due to a sporting event. A larger plane was not an option, so an additional plane had to be used for 14 of the 27 wrestlers. An airline spokesman says this never happens. “It is very unusual for us to operate special flights due to weight restrictions.”
Airlines must adhere to strict rules on each flight, including weight limits. This limit is set so as not to interfere with the aircraft’s fuel capacity.
According to The Guardian, there is no minimum weight requirement to become a sumo wrestler. Menomi, who reached the top flight in the 1990s, weighed almost the same as England rugby captain Owen Farrell. However, today this ancient sport is dominated by heavier men. Aurora, a Russian-born rikishi who retired in 2018, is the heaviest of all time, with a peak weight of 292.6kg.
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